Lesley Howard

I am an autistic artist who is curious about the connection between play, movement, and taking ownership of our autonomy, particularly in the context of young audiences.
I connect with the freedom that movement provides, embracing non-verbal communication and recognising the importance of creating space and value for those who experience and interact with the world differently. My creative process often involves improvisation & play merged with British Sign Language.

I care about making dance spaces accessible and valuing different voices and bodies. I'm interested in what accessibility really means. With the Rosina Bonsu Bursary from TWR and artist Clare Adam, we created the project "Where is the Line? - Can We Get It Wrong?" This project brings artists and organisations together in workshops to talk about accessibility and create safe spaces for these important discussions. I also have experience of being an access consultant with many organisations and lead a ‘how to make work for disabled young audiences’ as part of ASSITEJ Korea 2024.

I graduated from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in 2020 and have since worked as a freelance dancer and facilitator with Barrowland Ballet, Second-Hand Dance & Clifftop Projects & Starcatcher’s. I am one half of ‘Just Us’ with artist Clare Adam, together creating work that aligns with our values of accessibility, play, curiosity and simply to bring joy. Our piece ‘Brain on Game On’ was commissioned by and showcased at Edinburgh's International Children's Festival in 2023. We also premiered our work ‘A Home for Hamish’ this year – an interactive, immersive show where young people can see themselves, their languages and their sensory needs represented and respected.

Email: clareandlesley@outlook.com